KUCHING: The Reading Seeds, a literacy programme by the National Library of Malaysia (PNM), has been expanded at the national level.
The first phase of the pilot project has been implemented in seven state public libraries in Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang and Terengganu.
According to PNM director Maizan Ismail, the pilot project is an effort to promote reading and writing among parents so that babies are taught to be literary-inclined even when they are still in their mothers’ wombs and that by the time they are three years old their interest is already strongly imbibed in them.
The project has also been introduced to the libraries and health clinics in the rural areas of the seven states.
More than 7,000 Reading Seeds kits have been successfully distributed to the participants.
Pustaka Negeri Sarawak in a statement yesterday said the first Reading Seeds meeting for this year was held at state library on Jan 30.
Among those present at the meeting were the library’s chief executive officer Dr Rashidah Bolhassan and the library’s deputy chief executive officer Arpah Adenan.
Also present were the committee members responsible for the preparation of the Reading Seeds 3.0 module, Dr Siti Zaliha Reduan, Datin Radziah M Daud, Dr Chatichai Chong, Edison Ricket, Ng Lee Boon, Fify Rafina Mohamad Julaihi, Adrilla Md Janis and Norlida Mahidin.
The library said at the state level, the library has organised similar literacy programme where 43 programmes were carried out from the year 2017 to 2019, and these benefited more than 2,000 participants.
For those who wish to know more about the Reading Seeds programme, contact Edison Ricket at 082-442000 or by email email@example.com.